"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." NIV
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." KJV
Jesus used the analogy of the vine and branches to help us understand we cannot survive spiritually unless we are connected to Him. We can use the analogy of a pregnant mother carrying her unborn child. As long as the umbilical cord is attached, the mother and baby are connected. The baby will be nourished, will grow and develop in a completed human who will survive outside the mother's body and continue to grow. If the umbilical cord is detached, the baby will die and deteriorate with no future. Let's stay attached to Jesus Christ, the Vine.
Heavenly Father, we recognize that You are the vine and we understand that if we are not connected to You we will not survive, now and eternally. Help us Lord, to be branches that are strongly attached to You, so that we will produce fruit for Your Kingdom. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC